Can Medicare be saved?

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Republican bill would enroll seniors in same health plans as lawmakers

By Julian Pecquet – 03/15/12 03:25 PM ET

A group of Senate Republicans has introduced legislation that would end traditional Medicare and sign seniors up for the same private healthcare plans received by members of Congress.

The “Congressional Health Care for Seniors Act” would allow seniors to choose from the array of plans currently offered to the four million federal employees and their dependents in the Federal Employee Health Benefit program, starting in 2014. It would also gradually increase the eligibility age for Medicare from 65 to 70 over a 20-year period.

The bill was introduced Thursday by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). South Carolina Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint are co-sponsors, along with Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah).

“Our goal is to save Medicare from bankruptcy and ensure seniors have affordable, high-quality health care — a crisis President Obama has only made worse during his time in office,” Graham said. “Allowing seniors access to the Federal Employee Health Benefit (FEHB) program, which members of Congress and federal employees use, will give them more choices and lower their out-of-pocket costs.”


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Answer by iris054
Remember, the Republican game plan is not just to pass the legislation — it’s to first make the legislation seem reasonable. Thus, under the guise of “helping,” they offer what appears to be a better deal to seniors, knowing it’s actually a time bomb that will undermine the federal employee coverage and destroy Medicare.

Don’t be fooled.

Ryan’s last plan shorted seniors by over $ 6K each. We’ll see the math on this one in a few days.

Republicans want to destroy Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and all of the liberal programs the Democrats have signed into law to help people.



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3 thoughts on “Can Medicare be saved?”

  1. If that is true, then it’s the biggest amount of pandering to voters I have ever seen.

    Remember, their original plan, which a large majority of republicans supported, was to strip medicare down over time and give seniors vouchers to join any plan they want. Neglecting totally that the preexisting conditions would keep a lot of people from even getting coverage in the first place, and that a lot of protections that seniors are afforded under medicare would not be in place anymore.

    You don’t have to believe me if you want, but the facts are there for you to find yourself.

  2. Yes the GOP has presented a well thought out plan to do so, contrary to what Ms Copy and Paste says it wil not only work but be much more cost effective and will stop the 0bama regime for raiding it or social security which all democrat presidents have done

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